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State system reports six-percent fall enrollment increase for Bemidji State

BEMIDJI, Minn. (October 14, 2009) ó Reflecting a trend of higher enrollment across its 32-school system, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities reported a six-percent enrollment increase for Bemidji State University on its report of the 30th-day enrollment numbers, released Monday, Oct. 5.

The system reported Bemidji Stateís 30th-day head count at 5,171, an increase of 6.1 percent over the 30th day of classes in Fall 2008 when the University had 4,876 students. Bemidji Stateís 6.1-percent increase was the highest amongst the systemís seven four-year universities, while its head-count increase of 295 students ranked fourth.

Overall, head count enrollment in the systemís seven universities on the 30th day of classes was up 3.3 percent, to 68,076 students.

BSUís enrollment number could fluctuate throughout the year as students enroll for distance learning options.

Credit generation, which plays a more-critical role in the Universityís budget than headcount, shows an increase nearly mirroring that of head-count enrollment. Bemidji Stateís 30th-day overall credit load was 62,924 credits, a 6.8-percent increase from a year ago.

New students helped fuel the increase in credit generation. Bemidji Stateís 808-member class of new incoming freshmen account for 4.3 percent more credits than last year, while transfers (13.8 percent) and PSEO high-school students (25.9 percent) also saw large increases amongst new students. In total, Bemidji Stateís undergraduate population is generating 7.2 percent more credits than in 2008, while graduate students are seeing a 5.6-percent increase.

Enrollment at the systemís 25 two-year colleges was up nearly nine percent to just under 131,000 students. Overall enrollment in the system was up 6.8 percent to 198,791 students.

About Bemidji State University Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesotaís lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,000 students, the University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. The University is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding. For further information about the University, visit Become a fan of Bemidji State University on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.